Most Americans Online Now

November 7, 2007 ( - According to the latest Harris Poll, the number of adults who are online at home, in the office, at school, library or other locations has reached an estimated 178 million.

The poll (conducted by telephone) of 2,062 U.S. adults found that 79% of adults are now online, compared with 77% in February/April 2006, 74% in February/April 2005, 66% in the spring of 2002, 64% in 2001 and 57% in Spring of 2000. Only 9% were online in 1995. The proportion of adults who are now online at home has risen to 72% from 70% a year ago, while the percentage online at work is about half that (37%, compared with 35% last year). Harris notes that while it remains true that more young than older people, and more affluent than low-income people, are online – but 9% of those online are now age 65 or over (compared to 16% of all adults who are 65 or over).

You can read more about the survey at

Just under three-quarters (72%) of Americans have registered their telephone numbers for the “Do-Not-Call Registry”, and of those that have registered, only 6% say they get as many calls now as before they did, and a mere 1% said they get more. However, while 18% report that they currently get no telemarketing calls – three in five (59%) say they still get some, just not as many, according to a Harris Poll of 2,565 U.S. adults aged 18 or over surveyed online. Nearly three-quarters know that the “Do-Not-Call Registry” expires and they will have to renew their registration (29% don’t).

You can read more about the results of this survey at